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Walk in the footsteps of pharaohs as we explore the wonders of ancient Egypt and end on the rolling grasslands of the Maasai Mara. During this amazing journey with a completely unique itinerary, we'll cruise the Nile, relax on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and enjoy amazing game drives spotting the Big 5.

ANCIENT WONDERS
Our tour starts in Cairo, where the world of ancient Egypt awaits. Here we’ll experience all the must-see sights. It’s impossible to name them all but highlights include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, the beautiful Luxor and Karnak temples, the iconic Sphinx, the stunning temples of Abu Simbel and the riverside temples of Kom Ombo. During our time in Egypt, we’ll also enjoy a four night Nile Cruise- a great way to travel between sightseeing!

THE SPICE ISLAND
After the wonders of Egypt, and before we experience the amazing game viewing in Kenya, we enjoy three days to relax and unwind on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Here you can explore the island with its rich colonial past or simply soak up the relaxed beach life.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
From Zanzibar, our tour continues to Kenya. Our sightseeing takes us back to nature, as we enjoy some fantastic game drives in the Samburu and Nakuru National Parks. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, we head on to the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous wildlife reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and amazing rolling grasslands, it makes for unforgettable game viewing. 

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    25 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Africa
  • Destinations:
    Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    From $14495 per person, twin share
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Bus,Air,Cruise,4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 12 travellers
REVIEWS

'Recently went on a tour of Egypt, Zanzibar and Kenya organised via Encounter tours... it was a tour of two halves.  In Egypt experienced the magnificence of thousands of year old pyramids and temples, and traveling up the Nile.  Then the magnificence of Kenya, with its parks, animals, endless vistas.  Would recommend these destinations to anybody.... and was well looked after by Encounter (and Bunnik) in terms of guides/drivers, and accommodation.'

Gail, 50 years, SA

'I don't think that I would have gone to Egypt or on Safari to Africa on my own, I wouldn't know where to start. Encounter offered a tour including both these exciting destinations, which far exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was superb, the expert guides friendly and knowledgeable. Everything was looked after from transfers to/from airports, to advice on tipping and help with shopping. I don't think you could have a better experience that this.'

Andrew, 61 Years , Melbourne, VI
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INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 7 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 4 nights on board luxury Nile cruise ship in an outside cabin, including all meals
  • 3 nights at a Zanzibar beach resort
  • 5 nights in African lodges (4-4½ star)
  • 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 21 breakfasts
  • 12 lunches 
  • 15 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners
  • English-speaking locally based Egyptologist guides in Egypt
  • English-speaking locally based guide in Zanzibar
  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide in Kenya (max 6 people per vehicle)
  • 2 economy class flights within Egypt
  • 3 economy class flights within Africa including a light plane flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi
  • 4 night luxury Nile cruise
  • Sightseeing as detailed by the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding open safari 4WD)
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included
  • Tipping Made Easy, $195pp prepaid (Egypt only).

    note: tipping payable locally for Kenya & Tanzania, suggested amounts are approx. $15-$20pp US per day

Not included: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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$16095 tour & aifare package
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SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STS)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room.

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 $16095

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore amazing Abu Simbel. These massive twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.
  • Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about "a day in the life" of a Samburu woman and her children.
  • Enjoy a special bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars.
SIGHTSEEING INCLUSIONS

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation

  • Spend 2 full days exploring Cairo, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Saladin Citadel of Cairo, the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar and the Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures.
  • Visit Memphis and the unique Step Pyramid of Sakkara.
  • Discover the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor which were once linked by a 3km long Avenue of Sphinxes.
  • Spend 4 nights on board a luxury cruise ship and travel down the majestic Nile River.
  • Tour the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, Kom Ombo’s beautiful riverside temples, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings.
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses ll and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel.
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon on a traditional felucca sail boat.
  • Explore Aswan on a half-day tour, including the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island.

Relax on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

  • Spend 2 days relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar with a local cocktail.
  • Stroll through the charming alleys of Stone Town and visit the Sultan Palace, the Old Museum and the Old Market.

Witness Kenya’s amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery.

  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, one of the world’s most extraordinary animal rehabilitation programs.
  • Visit The Giraffe Centre, an important conservation initiative created by the ‘African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’.  Feed and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from elevated platforms.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, presenting a glimpse of the life of Karen Blixen, an extraordinary farmer and the author of ‘Out of Africa’.
  • Discover Mount Kenya National Park, home to Africa's second highest peak, affording some of the most impressive views in east Africa.
  • Explore rugged and remote Samburu National Reserve on game drives. The reserve attracts some amazing wildlife including giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and much more!
  • Visit a Samburu Village and school for protected Samburu women and their children.
  • Participate in a tree planting ceremony in Lake Nakuru.
  • Take a spectacular game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for migratory water birds and rhinos.
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Elsemere in Lake Naivasha, home to the late Joy Adamson, author of 'Born Free'.
  • Visit Lake Naivasha, a beautiful freshwater lake. Fringed by thick papyrus, it is one of Kenya's important horticultural areas with its yellow-barked Acacia Xanthophlea and is teeming with birdlife.
  • Spend 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara.
  • Experience unforgettable game drives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and rolling savannahs, it makes for amazing game-viewing. Keep an eye out for millions of wildebeest and zebras which migrate here annually.
  • Enjoy an incredible bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars.

DAY 1
Depart Australia 

DAY 2
Arrive In Cairo

‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan’ to mesmerising Egypt and its capital, Cairo. Egypt's history covers more than 5,000 years and encompasses the origin of civilisation, the rise of the Greeks and Romans, the establishment of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions, the colonial era, and finally, a return to independence. This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 
Cairo

This morning we visit the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Giza! We’ll also see the nearby Sphinx, the Step Pyramid of Sakkara and the ancient capital of Memphis

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4
Cairo

Today we explore the lively heart of Cairo. Our first stop is the Egyptian Museum, home to the priceless treasures of Tutankhamen and many other historic artefacts. We’ll also visit the Citadel, the Mohammed Ali Mosque and explore the 14th century Khan El Khalili Bazaar, famous for both its typical and unusual souvenirs, as well as handmade crafts.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 
Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise

We fly to Luxor on the banks of the Nile and visit the beautiful temples of Karnak and Luxor, linked by the impressive 3km-long Avenue of Sphinxes.

Embark Cruise: This afternoon we’ll board our luxury Nile cruise ship. Cruising the Nile is the best way to experience Upper Egypt – along the way we’ll witness local Egyptians going about their everyday lives.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6
Nile Cruise

This morning we discover the Nile’s West Bank and explore the area known as the Necropolis of Thebes, visiting the Valley of the Kings and the imposing Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 
Nile Cruise

Cruising down the Nile, we stop at Edfu’s magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. One of the best preserved temples in Egypt, it provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked. We’ll then visit Aswan’s impressive Kom Ombo double temple complex. Tonight we’ll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 
Nile Cruise

This afternoon we’ll relax on an afternoon cruise along the Nile on board a traditional felucca sailboat.

Special Experience: Today we explore amazing Abu Simbel. The twin temples here were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 
Nile Cruise - Aswan - Cairo

Disembark Cruise: After breakfast we disembark the cruise and explore Aswan.

We’ll then visit the Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan. This afternoon we fly back to Cairo. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 
Cairo - Zanzibar

The day is at leisure to rest and relax or explore more of Cairo. This evening we enjoy a group dinner to farewell Egypt before our overnight flight to Zanzibar, via Doha.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 
Zanzibar

‘Karibu’ to tropical Zanzibar! Enjoy the evening at leisure in Stone Town.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 
Zanzibar

This morning we explore historic Stone Town on foot. Highlights of our tour here include the Sultan’s Palace, the Old Museum - and the market, where you can shop for various local fruits and some of the spices the island is famous for. We’ll then transfer to our resort at Kiwenwa Beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 
Zanzibar

Relax and soak up the resort atmosphere, or explore the picturesque fishing villages that are dotted along the coast. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14
Zanzibar

Spend the day enjoying the beautiful resort at Kiwengwa Beach. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15 
Zanzibar - Nairobi

Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax or explore, before our flight to Nairobi later this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16
Nairobi

Today we’ll visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and rhinos from ivory and horn poachers. We’ll then enjoy a visit to the Giraffe Centre and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from the raised platforms. Later we’ll enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, followed by a visit to the adjoining Museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17 
Nairobi - Mt Kenya National Park

Escaping the city, we travel north and cross the equator before arriving in Samburu National Reserve. After lunch we’ll head out on our first game drive!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 
Mt Kenya National Park - Samburu National Reserve

Keep an eye out for Samburu’s diverse range of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives today.

Special Experience: Visit a Samburu village and school to learn about ‘a day in the life’ of a Samburu woman and her children.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 
Samburu National Reserve – Mt Kenya National Park

Today we travel to Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain. Here we’ll explore the forest on foot with a ranger. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 20
Mt. Kenya National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

A chance for us to spot the endangered rhino in beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park today. We’ll participate in a tree-planting ceremony at our lodge before an afternoon game drive. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 21
Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Naivasha

Today we travel to Lake Naivasha, the home of the late Joy Adamson, author of “Born Free”. Its rich heritage and idyllic scenery make it the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea and visit the house containing memorabilia from the “Born Free” film. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 22 
Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

We travel to the famous Maasai Mara and enjoy a game drive, spotting elephants, giraffes, zebra, gazelles and lions! 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 23 
Maasai Mara

Our day in the Maasai Mara is devoted to discovering more of the incredible wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives.

Special Experience: This evening we’ll enjoy an unforgettable bush dinner under a beautiful blanket of stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 24 
Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Australia

Today we bid farewell to Africa and begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 25
Arrive In Australia

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Cairo

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel 

3

Nile River Cruise

Sonesta Moon Goddess

4

Cairo

Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah Hotel

1

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Tembo House Hotel & Apartment

2

Kiwengwa Beach, Zanzibar

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa

2

 

Nairobi

Tamarind Tree Hotel

2

Samburu

Samburu Game Lodge

2

Mt. Kenya

Serena Mountain Lodge

1

Lake Nakuru

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

1

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

1

Masai Mara

Sarova Mara Game Camp

2

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, Kiwengwa Beach, Zanzibar

The Lazizi Premier Hotel, Nairobi

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.  

LE MERIDIEN PYRAMIDS HOTEL, Cairo
Le Meridien Pyramids comprises elegantly decorated guestrooms. Enjoy incredible views of the majestic Pyramids of Giza from your sun lounge beside the pool. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from offering Mediterranean, International, Egyptian and Mexican food as well as 2 cafes, including a traditional Shisha cafe. Hotel amenities include dry cleaning, currency exchange, laundry, gift shops and spa services. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool. 

SONESTA MOON GODDESS, NILE CRUISE
An all-suite cruise ship, the Sonesta Moon Goddess features 49 standard cabins with sliding glass doors opening to private balconies and 4 Presidential Suites with private lounges. A main dining room is on board for main meals, there is a lounge serving light meals, drinks and cocktails and a sunset bar, where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails all day until sunset, while overlooking the Nile. 

Facilities: air conditioning, TV, full sized ensuite bathrooms, lounge, sundeck, swimming pool, spa and gym

SOFITEL CAIRO NILE EL GEZIRAH HOTEL, Cairo
The Sofitel El Gezirah is a luxury hotel with a private promenade along the Nile. It is within a walking distance from the Opera house and Cairo Tower, as well as the Egyptian Museum and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. The hotel offers seven restaurants, which include Moroccan, Egyptian and international specialties. There are also five bars including the trendy Ana's bar and the library tea lounge. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; satellite TV, free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box and swimming pool. 

TEMBO HOUSE HOTEL & APARTMENTS, Stone Town
Situated in the heart of Stone Town by the picturesque seafront, Tembo House has a history like no other. It has played numerous roles in the history of Zanzibar including that of the American Consulate, while also playing host to numerous celebrities including Mahatma Ghandi and Freddie Mercury and his family who used to vacation here from time to time. In a prime location, Tembo House is the perfect place to stay while in Stone Town with major attractions and historical sites nearby. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

BLUEBAY BEACH RESORT & SPA, Kiwengwa Beach
Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is situated on a beautiful white, sandy beach on the island of Zanzibar. The Resort is set on a picturesque 30-acre site with its guestroom cottages located on rising ground overlooking verdant gardens, the public areas, the pool, over 1,000 beautiful palm trees and the sparkling white beach. 

Facilities: air conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities 

TAMARIND TREE HOTEL, Nairobi
Tamarind Tree Hotel Carnivore Nairobi is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant.  The hotel is exquisitely designed using modern fittings to reflect authentic African Culture. The property also features free Wi-Fi throughout, an outdoor pool, barbecue, and restaurant. All rooms are air-conditioned and benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity, a 43-inch flat-screen television with international satellite channels, complimentary in-room tea and coffee facilities and sound-proofed windows to ensure you have a peaceful night's sleep.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; minibar; flat screen tv; outdoor swimming pool; fitness centre;

SERENA MOUNTAIN LODGE, Mt. Kenya
The only ‘tree hotel’ ever to be built on the slopes of Kenya’s legendary Mount Kenya, this lodge offers unrivalled game viewing whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with an ancient rainforest. The traditionally timbered dining room is surrounded by windows and has been built on stilts so as to seemingly float above the liana-strung forest. Additionally the lodge offers a private water hole and salt lick, a rooftop viewing deck, guided forest walks, massage and beauty services and a gift shop. 

Facilities: wifi available; safe deposit box (at reception) 

SAMBURU GAME LODGE, Samburu
Samburu Game Lodge is set amongst 10 acres of pristine forest on the western bank of the Uaso Nyiro River within the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya. This is true wilderness and home to varieties of animals and birds rarely seen in other parts of the country. Here the Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, the Reticulated giraffe and Blue Shanked Somali ostrich can all be found. All rooms are decorated using the finest materials and fabrics, with en suite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the river. 

Facilities: wifi available; safe deposit box (at reception); outdoor swimming pool 

SAROVA LION HILL GAME LODGE, Lake Nakuru
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas offer stunning views of the lake and the park. 

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities 

LAKE NAIVASHA SOPA LODGE, Lake Naivasha
Set on 200 acres of Lake Naivasha’s southern shortline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, this resort blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings and even has resident giraffe. Being one of Kenya’s most upmarket destinations, it is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries. 

Facilities: wifi available; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities 

SAROVA MARA GAME CAMP, Maasai Mara
The rolling plains around this luxury camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months. The camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture. The camp offers spacious luxurious tents constructed in canvas with large windows, wooden flooring and a permanent roof. All have en-suite bathrooms with large mirrors, hot and cold running water and showers. All tents offer spectacular views and have a large wooden deck with a comfortable day bed, chairs and table to enjoy the tranquil and relaxing surrounds while you listen to the natural sounds of nature. 

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

  

Hotel descriptions are taken from hotel provided information and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to:  Cairo, Egypt
Depart from:  Nairobi, Kenya 

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFERS
When you travel on the group flights transfers on arrival and departure are included as part of your package.

When you travel on other dates or not with the group flight additional charges apply for airport transfers on arrival and departure.

 

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites. Content is provided as a guide only.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour has been selected as a popular option for solo travellers, however the tour group is not exclusively for solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
To get the most from your tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Travelling through Africa is mainly done by road. A high percentage of roads are not sealed and most tracks within national parks are dirt roads. Some travel days are also very long. Per tour, you will find a list of the different vehicle types used. Most excursions are by 4WD so if you suffer from a back condition we highly recommend that you consult your doctor before booking. If you wear contact lenses we recommend bringing glasses as well, in case of irritation caused by dust.

You should be able to: walk at least 3.5km or 2-3 hours on uneven ground, without a walking aid; climb short, steep hills; be prepared to board small boats; and also carry your own bags as porter services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate on a Bunnik Tour, you are required to at least:

  • Be able to walk 3.5kms on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid
  • Carry your own luggage
  • Walk up two flights of stairs with ease

Passengers 70 years or over must provide “fitness to travel” letter from their doctor at time of making booking.

Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour.

At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.

We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDES
This is a private group tour with a local guide and driver and Egyptologist guides in Egypt. Your tour guide/s are there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Coach, plane, Nile River Cruise, felucca sailboat, 4WD safari vehicle and light aircraft

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
Some of the hotels throughout your stay will offer wifi, however when in more remote parts, the service may be limited or not available. 

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Recently went on a tour of Egypt, Zanzibar and Kenya organised via Encounter tours... it was a tour of two halves.  In Egypt experienced the magnificence of thousands of year old pyramids and temples, and traveling up the Nile.  Then the magnificence of Kenya, with its parks, animals, endless vistas.  Would recommend these destinations to anybody.... and was well looked after by Encounter (and Bunnik) in terms of guides/drivers, and accommodation.'

Gail, 50 years, SA

'I don't think that I would have gone to Egypt or on Safari to Africa on my own, I wouldn't know where to start. Encounter offered a tour including both these exciting destinations, which far exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was superb, the expert guides friendly and knowledgeable. Everything was looked after from transfers to/from airports, to advice on tipping and help with shopping. I don't think you could have a better experience that this.'

Andrew, 61 Years , Melbourne, VI

'Egypt and Kenya are quite diverse from each other, but Wow ...the sights that you see from Pyramids and the sophistication of the Egyptians to seeing the wonderful wildlife,... and kissing a Giraffe!'

Grainne, 60 years, Perth, WA

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